4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. The world-building was interesting and original, even while using witches and the Fae which have been done to death. I liked Alex. Her abilities were powerful yet came with consequences, which is refreshing.
Minus half a star because the sex scene skated a little too close to "no means yes." When Alex told Falin to stop, even if it was "more of a gasp than a command," Falin should have stopped. And, personally, if a guy told me "You know, for someone with your reputation, you are amazingly difficult to get into bed" I'd slap the jerk and send him packing. Just saying.